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Global Change Award is an innovation challenge initiated by H&M Foundation, aiming to make fashion circular.
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Steven Kolb

President and CEO The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

As Chief Executive of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the trade association for the American fashion industry, Steven Kolb has overseen the implementation of some of the council’s most important initiatives, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the Geoffrey Beene Scholarship. In 2010, Kolb also helped launch the CFDA Fashion Incubator programme to help support young designers, which in 2018 was re-branded as “Network,” expanding its mentorship opportunities to all CFDA members.

An experienced veteran of non-profit organisations, Kolb previously held senior positions with the American Cancer Society, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids organisation and MTVN International where he served as Executive Director of the Staying Alive Foundation.

Steven on the Global Change Award:

“Innovation and collaboration lead fashion’s shift to circularity and a more sustainable future. The Global Change Award’s support to material and systems innovators not only helps to accelerate the success of each individual awardee but also impacts the progress of the global fashion industry.”

Member of the Global Change Award Expert Panel: 2018 and 2019.